- Product Dimensions: 11 x 6 x 5 inches ; 1.6 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00Q5NR806
- Item model number: Handpresso
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Handpresso Wild Hybrid
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- Recommended Use: pick-me-up
- Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years
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Sometimes the world is a cruel place. This is especially true when you're out in it -- camping, stuck at the office, stuck camping at the office, whatever -- and you can't get an espresso. The people at Handpresso are just as irrationally insistent on getting their espresso anywhere, and getting it with a full complement of crema. The Wild Hybrid espresso hand press is their response to camping trips, long days at the office, and bad baristas everywhere. Just add hot water and a little elbow grease for cafe in almost any situation. The Wild pumps up like a bike pump and can generate an impressive 232 PSI, well beyond the usual 116 to 145 PSI necessary for making espresso. Its water reservoir is 50 milliliters. The Wild earns the hybrid designation because it works with either loose espresso grounds or pre-loaded E. S. E. pods, which are little packets of espresso grounds that eliminate the mess and hassle of juggling beans, grounds, hot water, and the Wild itself. The Handpresso Wild Hybrid is available in the colors Black and Silver.
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1. Use fresh beans and a good grinder. Like any espresso machine, the freshness of your beans and quality of your grinder are essential to generating good espresso. If you're on the go, just bring along a good manual grinder like the Porlex Mini or the Hario Skerton. Experiment with the grind until you find a setting that gives you about 20-30 sec. of extraction. The intense filter is also unnecessary (not to mention overpriced) when using a proper espresso grind setting. I cannot speak for its performance when using ESE pods since I have only used it with freshly ground coffee in the domepod. However, with fresh beans and a proper grind setting, you will get real espresso with decent crema using the domepod. Neglecting to use these will result in a shot similar to a moka pot's with fast extraction and no crema.
2. Always firmly tamp the grinds in the domepod. You may need to do this 2-3 times before you fill the domepod level with the top. There is a special tamper made for domepods by Handpresso, but amazingly the end of the pump handle fits the bill perfectly. Why the instructions don't tell you this explicitly is beyond me. So you can save the $30 currently being charged for an extra tamper and just use the handle.
3. Preheat the water reservoir. Once you bring some water to a boil, pour some in the Handpresso and allow the reservoir to heat up. After waiting about 20-30 sec. dump the water out and refill with boiling water again and then put the domepod inside. This allows for better temperature control during the shots.
4. Wait to dispense the shot after inserting the domepod. After you insert the tamped domepod into the hot water and twist on the cap, wait about 10-15 sec before depressing the pressure valve and pull the shot. This will allow the coffee to absorb some water and help avoid channeling in the small puck which seems to always happen if you pull the shot as soon as the domepod is in the handpresso.
The Handpresso is also well made and I have only a couple nitpicks about its design. After a month of daily use the pressure release valve has become very slightly loose. This doesn't present any major issue, but every once and a while a small amount of water will leak out from the valve. Again this is a minor issue, but I am hoping it will not become worse over time and become a real problem. Also, I used the intense filter sold by Handpresso for a while. Not only is the Intense Filter unnecessary (with the proper grind and tamping), it is also is poorly designed. It is slightly wider than the stock filter and the extra width will cause it to impact the the pressure release valve when tightening down if the valve is not absolutely completely depressed. Lastly, the pump handle has grooves in it that allow coffee grounds to get stuck if used as a tamper. The handle would be much better if the end were completely smooth allowing for easier cleaning.
Overall, I am very happy with my purchase of the Handpresso Wild Hybrid, and would easily recommend this to anyone looking to make REAL espresso away from home. The only products I am aware of that are similar are the Mypressi Twist and the Rossa Hand Espresso. (I suppose moka pots are an option but they don't make real espresso) The Mypressi requires cartidges which, in my opinion, severely detracts from the whole point of the device - convenience. Especially since you cant take the cartidges on a plane. And the Rossa, while I'm sure is a very high quality device and capable of producing superior espresso, costs 3-4 times as much as the Handpresso Wild.
So, while there are other options out there for portable espresso makers, I think the Handpresso is the best of the bunch due to its combination of design, price, and results. Just make sure to follow the above recommendations and I believe you will feel the same.
**UPDATE 20AUG16** Still getting great results from my Handpresso. I've since made a truly portable espresso setup with this after buying the Handpresso Outdoor Set, a small stainless steel tamper on eBay, and still using my Orphan Espresso Lido grinder. However, the portable espresso market now has some new competition. I still believe that the Handpresso is the best portable option out there. I also now own an Espresso Forge. It isn't quite as convenient/portable as the Handpresso but it produces espresso comparable to my Rancilio Silva. It is a true replacement for espresso machines costing $$$$, is portable, and will last forever. My recommendation for the Handpresso still stands, but if you're willing to sacrifice some portability for espresso quality, then the Espresso Forge may be a better option.
When traveling I do not like the usual coffee in hotel rooms. This lets me have a nice espresso shot in the morning without having to go out to find a decent coffee shop. I'm also the only coffee drinker in my household so it lets me have a shot anytime I might want.
The ESE pods are not very available over the counter, I couldn't find them in most places I looked. So I bought a box of 100 Caffe Bourbone pods on Amazon and that will keep me going for a while, price was good. It can also use ground coffee but the pods are really easy.
* warm the reservoir with boiling water before making a coffee.
* ensure the grind is fine and the compacting is firm enough so that extraction takes 15 seconds. A tamper will help.
* ESE's are great for travel and convenience. Freshly ground coffee in the basket tastes much better.
After a year of use, the pressure gauge stopped working properly. Despite the two year warranty, all I got from Handpresso was "Please contact Amazon for your after sale service."
Amazon initially said they were unable to help as a year had passed since purchase, but then offered to let me return it. Thank you Amazon!
I didn't take up Amazon's offer - a few minutes dissassembling and cleaning fixed the problem. Handpresso should have better support, including a maintenance guide showing how this can be done.
Aside from the support problem, the only major problem with the device is that it is heavy. It would be much better for travellers if it was available in aluminium or another light metal.
Anyway, some of the background is this: I was looking for an espresso maker that would allow some portability, ease of use and quick cleanup. I was entertaining a few of the more popular solutions I found on Amazon but wasn't satisfied with how clunky they seemed. So, I kept looking. I then discovered the Handpresso and was instantly intrigued. I watched a few video demos and decided it was the solution for me. I made the purchase.
I'm very please with my Handpresso and would recommend it to anyone looking for a quality espresso on the go. This has also become my espresso maker 100% of the time because it frees up a lot of counter space by not having one of those super expensive machines, which are difficult to clean.
Bottom line - get yourself one of these because you'll be surprised by how often you use it.
One thing to keep in mind regarding ese pods - I've noticed that various espresso pod manufacturers seem to do it a bit differently and their manufacturing and quality depends on how quickly the water passes through the portafilter. Cafe Borbone pods filter at a nice pace while Island Joes brand filtered much quicker. I'd recommend getting the Handpresso add-on of the Intense Portafilter, which solved the problem from one pod to another.
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